College of Southern Idaho vice president chosen to lead GCC
Published: 06/21/2022 20:29:40
Modified: 06/21/2022 20:27:17
GREENFIELD – Drawing on her more than 20 years of experience in higher education, Michelle Schutt has been chosen to lead Greenfield Community College as its next president.
Schutt will take office on July 11, succeeding Richard Hopper, who has served as interim president since August.
“From the moment I started researching Greenfield Community College, I was immediately drawn to the core values of the campus,” Schutt said in a statement. “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve Greenfield Community College as its next president and look forward to ensuring that we meet the changing needs of students, staff, alumni and community members. whom we serve.”
According to a GCC press release, Schutt has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, currently serving as vice president of community and learning services at the College of Southern Idaho. There she made strides in increasing enrollment and retention, overseeing a 3% increase in enrollment in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to her role in community and learning services, Schutt also served as vice president of student services and taught college courses each semester. Schutt also has experience working with state legislators on a variety of issues.
Schutt holds a bachelor’s degree in English education from Upper Iowa State University, a master’s degree in teaching and social responsibility from Emporia State University in Kansas and St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, and a PhD in Education and Human Resources from Colorado State University.
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Michelle Schutt to Greenfield Community College,” commented Hector Toledo, Chairman of the Board of GCC. “Dr. Schutt is a strong and passionate leader who embraces the mission and vision of our institution and we are confident that she will be a tremendous addition to the community. Despite the challenges higher education has faced, recent successes Schutt’s leadership in enrollment, retention, and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts show the exceptional potential she brings to GCC.
The search for a new president was officially launched in October. The need for a new president followed the departure of Yves Salomon-Fernández, who held the post for three years.
Clare Higgins, chair of the 13-member presidential search committee, said Schutt was one of four finalists chosen from a pool of about 30 applicants who were carefully selected by an academic search company.
“I’m very happy with her,” Higgins said. “I think she will do a very good job. … Dr. Schutt has extensive experience which I think will be very useful.